From sun up to sun down – there’s so much for your kids to do and see in Norfolk, VA the fun will never end!
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American Rover Tall Sail Ship Cruises
333 Waterside Drive | 757-627-7245
Set sail with a tradition of excellence aboard the Sailing Ship American Rover. Since 1986, the American Rover’s red “tan bark” sails have been one of the signature sights of the Hampton Roads area. The most popular for children and families is the daytime cruise, where kids can lend a hand setting the sails, take a turn at the helm, or simply sit back and enjoy the cruise as the Captain points out the highlights of the Norfolk Harbor.
Battleship Wisconsin & Nauticus
1 Waterside Drive | 757-664-1000
Berthed at Nauticus, the Battleship Wisconsin is one of the largest and last battleships ever built by the U.S. Navy. Explore its deck through a self-guided or audio tour that will take you back in time to experience this majestic ship that earned five battle stars during World War II. HOURS: Memorial Day-Labor Day: Daily, 10am-5pm; Rest of the year: Closed Mon; Tue-Sat, 10AM-5PM; Sun, Noon-5PM. Closed Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day. Hours subject to weather.
Nauticus is an interactive, maritime-themed science center that features world-class exhibits like The Battleship Wisconsin and the Hampton Roads Naval Museum. Nauticus is features a museum that uses the setting of Norfolk's harbor to showcase global maritime commerce and the world's largest Navy. HOURS: Memorial Day-Labor Day: 10:00AM-5:00PM; Rest of the year: Closed Mon; Tues-Sat, 10:00AM-5:00PM; Sun, Noon-5:00PM.
Norfolk Botanical Garden
6700 Azalea Garden Rd | 757-441-5830
Norfolk Botanical Garden is nationally recognized for its deep-rooted history and celebrated for its blooms in every season. The 175 acre garden is home to 52 distinctive themed gardens, 95 species of birds and 30 kinds of butterflies. Their latest garden is World of Wonders – A Children’s Adventure Garden – a 3-acre garden where kids explore the connections between plants, international culture and the environment – all while having fun! Hours: Monday- Sunday 9AM- 7PM.
Ocean View Beach Park
Ocean View Ave. | 757-441-2149
This beach on Norfolk's Chesapeake Bay is a popular spot for folks who'd rather spend more time at the beach than driving to it. With commercial piers, bait shops and tackle rentals, it makes an ideal fishing spot as well. Enjoy nature trails, swimming, windsurfing, jet skiing, kayaking, and canoeing.
3500 Granby St | 757-441-2374
From the plains of Africa to your own backyard, the Virginia Zoo has a world of discovery for you. Open year round, the Virginia Zoo offers family fun, education and excitement for everyone. Meet lions, kangaroos, red pandas and more. Go nose to nose with prairie dogs in their interactive habitat or take a ride on the Zoo train. Explore the gorgeous gardens and enjoy an adventure for the entire family! Hours: Monday-Sunday 10:00AM -5:00PM.
1 Memorial Pl | 757-339-1811
Remote control sailboat rentals on The Hague. Easy-to-use, wind-fueled fun. No experience necessary! Bring the children, invite the grandkids, bring a date. A beautiful setting for birthday parties, private & corporate events. Scout troops and sailing teams welcome. Hours: Thursday-Sunday 11:00AM-6:00PM